Monday, August 27, 2018





Hello there!  I’ve been having the most luxurious days, just filled to the brim with sitting cross-legged in a comfy chair with a pile of knitting in my lap, one good page-turner after another propped up in front of me.  There’s been Netflix, and a pizza.  I made a blueberry pie.  You guys, this pie!  Okay, Imma teach you this pie, because you need to know.

Cozy Things’ Blueberry Pie of Dreams
(Serves 1.  I mean, 8)

Your favorite flaky pie crust, 9”, baked
(Mine is 1c + 2T flour, 1/2 t salt, 1/3 c coconut oil + 4 T cold water
3/4 c coconut sugar
3 T cornstarch
1/8 t salt
1/4 c water
4 c blueberries
Zest of one lemon
1 T lemon juice
8 oz cream cheese (we use vegan, this one is good)
1/4 coconut sugar

Bake the pie crust, and let it cool.  Add 3/4 c sugar, salt, cornstarch, and water to a saucepan and stir.  Add 2 c blueberries and lemon zest.  Cook on medium heat, stirring often, until it’s clear and very thick.  Stir in the lemon juice and remove from heat.  Let it cool.  Mix the cream cheese and 1/4 c sugar in a bowl until blended.  Spread in the cooled pie crust.  Add the remaining 2 c berries and press them gently into the cream cheese mixture.  Pour the cooled jammy berry mixture on top.  Chill and devour.

That pie is so good I can not stop thinking about it.  I hope you have an abundance of blueberries where you are.

There’s been a lot of knitting happening.  I finished my Albini cardigan (pattern here) and it is so light and lovely.  It was a lot of plain stockinette, which as you know is something I really love.  I used Holst Supersoft in “Slate Grey” which is beautiful and heathery, making dark gray look really kind of interesting.  I’m so in love with Supersoft right now.  The transformation it makes with washing just keeps me hanging on through the long miles of knitting at a relatively wee gauge; I can hardly wait to get the finished garment into the blocking bath.  It is so tremendously rewarding.

I’ve been at my spinning wheel all week, too.  My dear friend Debbie came over last Friday with a huge trash bag full of an unwashed fleece from her beloved flock of adopted orphans and I spent the next several days transforming that into clean, carded batts, all ready for the wheel.  Having that fleece lying around kind of lit a fire under me about the other unfinished fleeces I already had, so I buckled down and finished spinning the Romney/Blue-faced Leicester I bought two years ago at the Fiber Festival.  Speaking of gorgeous heathery gray, those finished skeins just make me want to cast on a comfy cardigan right now, something for the encroaching cooler weather, something for evenings beside the fire.  Something for apple-picking and cider-sipping and bonfires under the stars.

22 comments:

  1. Oh yummy on all levels. Thanks for the recipe! Looking good and yup it's that time of year again, socks on the needles and also a cowl. Oh can't wait for the fall colours.

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    1. I'm looking forward to that, too! :)

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  2. Please could somebody tell me about coconut sugar, I don't think we have it in the U.K. and I need to make that pie.

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    1. We do! Google Biona Coconut Palm Sugar :)

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    2. You can use ordinary granulated sugar if you prefer it, or if coconut sugar is not available. Use the same measurement. The pie will still be delicious! :)

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  3. Oh, that sweater is fabulous! I love stockinette cardigans. They are so useful. Your pie sounds divine.

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    1. This cardigan has lots of special little details. It's so lovely! :)

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  4. That pie is being added to my "must make" list right now. Thank you!
    Sounds like your days have been the coziest.

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  5. I've been thinking about you a lot lately as I re-read Dickens' novel "A Tale of Two Cities." Two chapters titled, "Knitting" and "Still Knitting", especially brought you to mind! Madame DeFarge appears to be your only rival for the title of Fastest Knitter in the Land!

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    1. The most famous knitter in literature! She's excellent company. What a good book that is, I want to re-read it now, too. :)

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  6. indeed a gorgeous classic! & they go anywhere, dressed up or down, so versatile & so simply beautiful
    mmm, blueberries! my blueberry bush is full of flowers & i spotted my first fruit on it too! they are sooo delicious! love the pie!
    thanx for sharing

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    1. I hope all your flowers turn to berries and you have all you can eat, and more! :)

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  7. Scrumptious eatery stuff and scrumptious yarny stuff. I was buying a pattern from Ella Gordon Designs (Ravelry) today and had a little read of her fab blog. Guess what? You're on her bloglist!!She's good friends with Gudrun, Mary Jane et al.Now that's extremely reverential. Consider yourself a member of the Knitterati!!

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    1. I spotted that awhile back and had quite a happy dance over it, I do admit! I'm working on an Ella design right now, in fact--one sleeve from finishing the Ola Yoke, and ohmygoodness, it's so pretty! :)

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    2. All I could manage was her Crofthoose Hat but I only made one chimney on mine, otherwise the croft house was looking a bit like a Ninja Panda! Can't wait to see your Ola Yoke.

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  8. Oh Kristen! How I would love to come live in your world a few days! Especially in a month or so when it is set ablaze with color! I continue to be awe struck with your speed and skills as a knitter and speechless at the thought of you reading a book while doing so! That's what I call a good day :) Hope you're having one now!

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    1. Thank you so much, Brenda! It will be quite lovely here in about eight weeks, when the golden leaves are all around. I'm kind of looking forward to it. :)

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  9. Still LOVING all that you are making! On a more shallow note, (!) I see that you had your hair cut very short........so did I!!! Comes a time when easy-peazy is so nice! Love yours, Mona!

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    1. Super short hair for the win! *high five*

      xoxo

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